It is election day in Athens and around the country. It is crucial to understand what all is on the ballot, but this can be overwhelming at times. Here are the terms and definitions of the various initiatives that will be seen on the ballot this year in Athens County.
The Athens City Council is a group of individuals that are responsible for the planning and organization of the city of Athens. There are a total of seven for Athens, and they serve two-year terms. This year, three are up for election.
Issue 1 and Issue 2
An issue is something that receives either a yes or a no vote. There is no set category that they have to fall in and they often tend to be very broad. Athens residents will be able to vote for Issue 1, which is also called Marsy's Law that aims to give more rights to crime victims, and Issue 2, which hopes to lower the cost of prescription drug prices.
A levy is a type of tax that residents can vote on with either a yes or a no vote. In Athens, they are used to approve of more funding for the school district or to help those who suffer from addiction. This year, there are four levies that can be voted upon.
Township trustees have the authority to maintain and work with township roads, bridges, cemeteries and other areas. They do not handle areas that have an incorporated municipality or that are under the jurisdiction of the the state or county. This year, there are three candidates for Athens Township Trustee, but only two open spots.
Issue 6 - The Athens Cannabis Ordinance (TACO)
As mentioned above, TACO is an Issue that residents can vote on with either a yes or a no. It has received increased coverage, though, as many assume it can lead to faster decriminalization of marijuana.